New Jersey solid waste transportation is highly regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”). While most businesses in New Jersey require some level of regulation, licensing, and/or registration, garbage hauling is a particularly scrutinized industry.
Part of the authorization process (and ongoing regulation) of solid waste transporters includes obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”). A CPCN provides the State with specific information regarding a hauler’s operations including hours of operations, owner information, exact fees and rates charged by that hauler to customers, territories (counties) served, and the financial condition of the company. Once a CPCN is obtained, the transporter must file annual reports (also known as utility reports) to update all of that information.
The requirement’s for a CPCN are set forth in the Solid Waste Utility Regulations. These rules and regulations are quite specific and far-reaching into many of the operations of the transportation company.